Sunderland Clarion’s Michael Sloanes makes big impact in Sloan Trophy

Michael Sloanes of Sunderland Clarion (second from left) gets involved in the final shake-up in the Sloan Trophy
Michael Sloanes of Sunderland Clarion (second from left) gets involved in the final shake-up in the Sloan Trophy
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Sunderland Clarion rider Michael Sloanes secured an impressive third place in the Sloan Trophy, one of the region’s top races.

Sloanes joined four club-mates in the 62-mile race from Stamfordham in Northumberland. After an early break was pegged back, Sloanes found himself in a four-man move that contained the day’s podium as they took the bell to mark the fifth and final lap.

As the riders came round to complete the lap, Freddie Jagger pulled away to take the win ahead of Chris Sleath (Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare), with Sloanes narrowly avoiding being swallowed up by the chasing bunch to take third.

Behind him, Clarion’s Neil Wallbank and Lewis McEvoy finished comfortably in the bunch, while Kris Adlington and Matt France both failed to finish, with the former puncturing while riding comfortably in the bunch.

Sloanes, Wallbank, McEvoy and Adlington took part in the first round of the iMann Trophy, over eight laps of a circuit north of Ponteland, completing 58 miles in total.

Sloanes crashed out early, while Wallbank was the top Clarion rider in 17th behind winner Mark Robertson (Army Cycling Race Team).

Clarion riders Ingrid Shepherd; Steve Gordon; Craster Bryce; Charlie Monchatre and Ian Watson completed the 200km Chevy Chase Audax, an event which sees riders tackle a route to challenge themselves.